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Kingston University's MA Fashion students set to captivate London Fashion Week crowds with cosmopolitan collections
Posted Monday 15 September 2014
From a Cuban guerrilla gang determined to instigate a fashion revolution to a satirical look at the Spanish working class and the power of empty space in architectural design, Kingston University's latest crop of graduating MA Fashion students has taken inspiration from far and wide for its final collections. The young designers are hard at work putting the last touches to their garments which will debut on the catwalk on the final day of London Fashion Week in front of a select audience of industry experts. The show takes place on Tuesday 16 September at Stationers' Hall in central London.
Course leader Andrew Ibi said the event promised to be an exciting platform for his graduates to showcase some thought-provoking work. He praised the quality of the collections, saying there was a huge amount of talent amongst Kingston's latest cohort of MA Fashion designers. "This year's show is called Amendment because of the strong theme of re-evaluation running through all the collections," Mr Ibi said. "The graduating students are interested in exploring how design can be used as a catalyst to alter ideas and change perceptions of life and culture. They are a group who are questioning their very subject and using fashion as a medium to start conversations about culture, art, architecture and even politics and religion."...
Smallpeice Trust helps pupils' passion for aerospace engineering take flight through Kingston University summer school
Posted Friday 5 September 2014
Fifty school pupils from across the United Kingdom have completed a week-long residential course at Kingston University to find out more about the range of technology currently used in aviation and get a glimpse of possible future developments for the next generation of aircraft.
The aerospace engineering course, organised by The Smallpeice Trust, gave the 15 and 16 year olds a chance to learn about the basics of aircraft flight, the principles of lightweight structural design and the need for highly efficient propulsion systems. It was staged as part of the charity's ongoing programme of residential courses to help students aged 12 to 18 learn and develop skills in engineering, design, technology and manufacturing.
Working in small teams, the pupils took part in activities ranging from material testing and flight dynamics to rocket propulsion and wind tunnel analysis. They were also tasked with designing and making rocket-powered aircraft models, competing with each other to see which glided the furthest after launch.
During their time on campus, the students learned about the characteristics of new aircraft designs in the University's state-of-the-art flight simulator and toured facilities, including its Learjet hangar. They also made the most of the opportunity to learn about how flight works outside of the atmosphere in a session run by Britain's first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman, who now holds a senior post at Kingston University.
Esha Mistry, 16, from Archbishop Temple School, was enthusiastic about what she had learned during the week. "I've been given a fabulous insight into the world of aerospace engineering and been fortunate to experience student life," she said.
Head of the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering, Dr Peter Barrington, said it was the first time the University had hosted a Smallpeice course and academic staff and student helpers involved had really enjoyed the experience. "The enthusiasm of the participants was infectious and they came up with some impressive rocket designs," he added.
"Our courses focus on informing students about the breadth of engineering career opportunities open to them and it has been really positive to see such focus and enthusiasm from these budding engineers during the Kingston University course," Claire Fisher, marketing officer for The Smallpeice Trust, said.
- Find out more about studying aerospace and aircraft engineering at Kingston University.
Kingston University shortlisted for Entrepreneurial University of the Year and Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year in 2014 Times Higher Education Awards
Posted Friday 5 September 2014
Kingston University has been shortlisted for two prestigious Times Higher Education accolades - the Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award and the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year Award.
The Entrepreneurial University of the Year category recognises an institution which has developed an unparalleled environment for fostering enterprise. In 2012-13, for the fifth year running, Kingston University graduates generated the most start-up companies of any UK higher education institution, thanks to our high levels of extra-curricular and academic support. Some 400 students were involved in developing enterprises and 1,000 students took part in entrepreneurship education. And the University's young entrepreneurs regularly win awards - they carried off 19 out of 21 cash prizes in last year's Bright Ideas competition.
Kingston University was shortlisted for the Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year award for the support provided to care leavers with the difficulties they often face in higher education. By 2012-13, there were 122 care leaver students at Kingston University, the highest number among the 62 universities reporting to Buttle UK, the charity for children and young people living in poverty. Kingston's support package, KU Cares, includes increased bursaries, priority for scholarships, support in applying for international study mobility funds and other enhanced support for care leavers.
In 2012-13, 89 per cent of graduating care leavers achieved a 2:2 degree or above, compared to 90 per cent at the University overall - a significant achievement given the barriers they face.
The University was selected from hundreds of award nominations. Vice-Chancellor Professor Julius Weinberg said: "This achievement is down to hard work and inspirational thinking. I am grateful to everyone involved and delighted that their efforts have been recognised. It shows that Kingston University can be as good as it gets."
The winners will be announced on 27 November at a special event in London.
Posted Friday 22 August 2014
A comic book-writing professor from Kingston University says he takes it as a sign of success that his original collaborators are too busy to work with him as their online feminist superhero prepares to make her print debut.
Professor Will Brooker is one of the creators of acclaimed strip My So Called Secret Identity, along with former Kingston student Sarah Zaidan and graphic artist Susan Shore. After publishing four editions online, the fifth instalment will form part of a hard copy volume after the team raised £8,500 in pledges through a Kickstarter public fundraising campaign. "I've never made a penny out of the comic because that's not what it's about - I want it to be a platform allowing artists to showcase their ability," cultural historian Professor Brooker said. "Ironically, that's now happened to such an extent that the original artists are too busy to do the next episode."...
Posted Thursday 14 August 2014
Calls have been pouring in to Kingston University's confirmation, Clearing and adjustment hotline since it sprang into action. More than 120 specially-trained hotline operators, along with a similar sized team of academic staff, have been hard at work talking to students either eagerly confirming their offers of a place at the university in south west London or keen to clinch one of the few remaining spots on its degree courses.
By the end of A-level results day on 14 August, more than 11,000 attempts had been made to call the hotline, with admissions tutors reporting that this year's hopeful applicants were generally of a very high calibre. Many Clearing callers had only narrowly missed out on their predicted A-level grades, meaning that they were unable to secure a place at their first choice university. Others had done better than expected or were seeking a last-minute change of subject before enrolling for university next month....
Think carefully about degree options on A-level results day, Kingston University admissions staff advise
Posted Tuesday 12 August 2014
Admissions tutors at London's Kingston University are encouraging prospective undergraduates to ensure they are well prepared in case their A-level results bring unexpected news.
Dr Andy Homer, who oversees Kingston University's confirmation and Clearing operation, is urging students to research their degree options carefully. "Being well organised will be crucial to make sure you get the most out of your call to the Clearing hotline if you need to get in touch", Dr Homer said. "Having the right details, such as your Clearing number, UCAS ID and full details of qualifications to hand, including subjects, grades, dates obtained and exam boards, will be particularly vital."
Prospective students should not panic if they needed to enter the Clearing process, Dr Homer added. "Our operators are all handpicked and committed to ensuring that everyone who contacts the hotline has the opportunity to really explore the choices available to them," he said. "Many of them are even students themselves, so they understand just how nerve-racking A-level results day can be."
As they prepare to collect their A-level results, students should note down some universities and courses that interest them in case they miss out on the grades needed for their initial choices, Kingston's admissions staff advise. They should also check they meet the requirements of those courses and programme the Clearing hotline numbers of their chosen universities in to their phones so they have them at their fingertips if necessary.
- Read more top tips for Clearing and find out about Kingston University's Clearing course vacancies.
- Kingston University's hotline number for Clearing, confirmation and adjustment is 0844 842 9599 for callers in the United Kingdom. Students calling from overseas should dial +44 20 8328 1149.
- Calls cost 5 pence a minute from a BT landline but may be more with other providers.
- The lines will be open between 9.00am and 5.30pm from Monday to Thursday and between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Fridays until 22 September.
Clearing helps former musical theatre star move from centre stage to Kingston University business management degree
Posted Tuesday 12 August 2014
The smell of grease paint and roar of the crowd first attracted former singer and actress Talitha Booth to the world of work. Having trained in musical theatre in London, Talitha spent her late teens and early twenties appearing in productions of such popular shows as Chess and Jesus Christ Superstar in New Zealand. With the stage jobs drying up though and a strong set of A-level results in hand, Talitha decided the time had come for a change and set her sights on a career in human resources. "The theatre life can be a challenging one and, when work became thin on the ground, I knew I needed to find a new direction," 24-year-old Talitha recalled.
Through Clearing, Talitha was able to find a more flexible route into further study and take the opportunity to re-evaluate her academic and professional interests. "It was a bit of a last-minute decision to apply for a business management degree," she admitted. "But I liked Kingston University because of its positive reputation and its location, which I knew well having grown up in nearby Guildford."...
Kingston University civil engineering student becomes family trailblazer for higher education through Clearing
Posted Monday 11 August 2014
Like many A-level students, Renisha Robin discovered her academic calling several months after the UCAS deadline had passed. That meant the 19 year old, now completing a BSc in Civil Engineering at Kingston University, was grateful for the opportunity Clearing provided to reconsider her academic interests.
"I didn't perform quite as well as I'd expected in my A-levels and wasn't able to get into my first choice university," Renisha, originally from Chatham in Kent, explained. "Although I was accepted into my second choice institution, I made the decision to decline that offer to pursue a degree I was genuinely interested in. Maths had been my favourite subject at A-level and I've always had a fascination with building things, so I felt civil engineering would be the ideal course for me."...